Utica firefighter hurt
battling blaze on porch

A Utica firefighter was injured while battling a blaze that started on the exterior porch of an East Utica residence Thursday.

Firefighters responded to the 4:51 p.m. alarm at 313 Hubbell St. and found smoke and flames visible from the rear of the 21/2 story wood-frame structure. The home is owned by Jose Blanco.

The first and second floor apartments were occupied at the time flames erupted, and all tenants escaped without injury, Chief Fire Marshal Raymond J. Beck said. The occupants continue to be assisted by the Mohawk Valley Chapter American Red Cross.

Beck said firefighters made an aggressive attack and were able to confine the flames with minimal damage to the interior of the residence. Heat and humidity hindered the fire fight, he said. The injured firefighter was treated and released from a local hospital.

An investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office and the Utica Police Criminal Investigations Division determined that the blaze started on the exterior rear porch on the first floor. However, the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Beck said.